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Be Sweet Smart this Holiday Season

Holiday treats can be tricky—especially if you want to keep your smile healthy. Fortunately, there’s chocolate. That’s right. Choose chocolate this holiday season and you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and keep it healthy too.

Not only is chocolate delicious, it’s one of the best sweets for your teeth. Chocolate dissolves quickly, which decreases the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. Plus, the calcium in chocolate helps protect tooth enamel.

Keep reading for more healthy news about chocolate and fantastic recipes. 


tailgatingpicnicIt’s fall sports season!

That means plenty of parties and tailgating while cheering for your favorite team. We all know snacking throughout the day isn’t good for our smiles, health or figures, but it’s hard to avoid while tailgating.

Keep reading for tooth-healthy tailgating tips from Delta Dental plus recipes for Buffalo Hummus, Grilled Apples and other alternatives to traditional tailgating favorites--a strong defensive lineup to protect your heart and teeth! 

Tomatoes

It’s September and still gloriously sunny in Seattle. A summer of record-breaking warmth means tomatoes, cucumbers and tomatillos have actually ripened in home gardens before autumn rains can turn them to green mush.

Farmers’ markets and grocery stores are overflowing with gorgeous, reasonably priced produce. There’s no better time for gazpacho.

Traditional tomato-based gazpacho, filled with vitamins A, C and E and brimming with the antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene, can help protect your body from cancer by cleaning up the free radicals that damage cells. Some studies have also found regular consumption of gazpacho helps to lower blood pressure. Replacing fatty meals and snacks with vegetables dressed in olive oil would have the same health benefits; gazpacho is, essentially, a cross between salad and smoothie.

Keep reading for easy gazpacho recipes!

smelt2Why not try smelts? They're tasty, affordable, packed with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, high in calcium and vitamin D (good for bones, teeth and muscle contractions) and B vitamins that help convert food into the type of energy needed for healthy blood, skin, hair and neuromuscular control. The small fish, which swim near the bottom of the food chain, are also low in mercury, calories and unhealthy fats.

Bonus? Smelts in season are sustainable and affordable, less than half the cost of wild salmon. In the Seattle area, summer prices for local smelt run from $3 - $5 per pound. Not sure how to cook them? Keep reading for easy recipes.

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An elixir of good health, extra-virgin olive oil has been shown to reduce risk of stroke, heart disease, breast cancer, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and ulcerative colitis.

But not all olive oils are equal.

Keep reading to find out which olive oils are healthiest and why — and learn how to make dukkha, a tasty Egyptian dip.